Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0957-6851
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9838
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(ព្រលឹងខ្មែរ, meaning “Khmer Soul” or “Khmer Spirit”), is a culturally salient ideological discourse found in modern Cambodian culture in the homeland and the diaspora. draws on symbols and practices from Cambodia’s 2000-year cultural heritage, linking Khmer history, religion, language, the arts, and socio-political relationships in an essentialized ideology of Khmer culture. Using a genealogical analysis, this article traces the historical development of from earliest times to the present with examples from Cambodia and the diaspora. We argue that through its use, delineates, historicizes, and naturalizes what it means to be Khmer in the homeland and the diaspora.


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